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Byzantium R

2012 ▪ Horror ▪ 118 Minutes

Directed by Neil Jordan. Starring Saoirse Ronan, Gemma Arterton, and Caleb Landry Jones.

Gemma Arterton and Saoirse Ronan star in Interview with the Vampire director Neil Jordan's lavish yet decadent tale of a bloodsucking mother-daughter duo whose dark 200 year history threatens to catch up with them in a run-down hotel on the English coast. Their story begins during the Napoleonic Wars, when young Eleanor (Ronan) was abandoned as Clara (Arterton) fell into a passionate love affair. Two centuries later, demure Eleanor and extroverted Clara are on the run when they seek sanctuary in a dilapidated coastal resort. There, Clara sets her sights on a lonely soul named Noel (Daniel Mays) who has just inherited the Byzantium Hotel, a once-thriving inn that has fallen into a sad state of disrepair. Before long, the elder vampire has transformed the Byzantium into a makeshift brothel where she and her young companion can quench their thirst for human blood while maintaining a low-profile. Meanwhile, Eleanor falls for Frank (Caleb Landry Jones), a charming young waiter who unwittingly draws out the natural storyteller in her. Amidst a string of mysterious disappearances in the sleepy coastal town, Frank realizes that Eleanor's extraordinary tales are much more than simple fantasy. As Clara and Eleanor's sanguinary past slowly comes into focus, it's only a matter of time until the two succubi will be forced to flee once again, or remain to face their fates with a sense of dark courage. Jonny Lee Miller and Sam Riley co-star.

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by Newton
on 4/26/13

Visually ravishing, a perfect cast and an novel take on the vampire mythos: fans of James Joyce will approve; vampires as a conflicted Catholic priesthood. Hopefully this will get picked up.

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by Natalya
on 4/26/13

just saw it Tribeca Fim Fest and despite never being a vampire genre fan I loved it: beautiful cinematography, perfect cast, symbolic, thought provoking plot. Definitely would watch out for it when it comes to theaters or the least to DVDs or online.

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